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cotton British & World English

A soft white fibrous substance which surrounds the seeds of the cotton plant and is made into textile fibre and thread for sewing

bog cotton British & World English

Another term for cotton grass.

cotton belt British & World English

The cotton-producing region of the southern US

cotton bud British & World English

A small wad of cotton wool on a short, thin stick, used for cosmetic purposes or cleaning the ears

cotton cake British & World English

Compressed cotton seed, used as food for cattle

cotton gin British & World English

A machine for separating cotton from its seeds

cotton rat British & World English

A short-tailed rat found in grassland and scrub from North America to Guyana

cotton swab British & World English

North American term for cotton bud.

cotton wool British & World English

Fluffy wadding of a kind originally made from raw cotton, used for cleaning the skin or bathing wounds

silk cotton British & World English

Another term for kapok.

cotton candy British & World English

North American term for candyfloss.

cotton grass British & World English

A sedge which typically grows on wet moorlands in the northern hemisphere, producing tufts of long white silky hairs which aid in the dispersal of the seeds

cotton state British & World English

Any of the states of the southern US of which cotton is or was a major product

cotton waste British & World English

Scraps of waste cotton yarn, used typically to clean machinery

Mather, Cotton British & World English

(1663–1728), American minister and writer; son of Increase Mather. Noted for his political writings, he sponsored the Massachusetts charter in 1691 and is thought to have influenced the events that led to the Salem witch trials in 1692

upland cotton British & World English

Cotton of a type grown in the US, which typically yields medium- and short-stapled forms of cotton

cotton batting British & World English

North American term for cotton wool111.

cotton lavender British & World English

A small aromatic shrubby plant of the daisy family, with silvery or greenish lavender-like foliage and yellow button flowers. Native to the Mediterranean area, it has insecticidal properties

cotton-picking British & World English

Used for emphasis

cotton spinner British & World English

A dark sea cucumber of shallow seas which ejects long sticky threads from the anus when disturbed

cotton stainer British & World English

A North American bug which feeds on cotton bolls, causing reddish staining of the fibres

Egyptian cotton British & World English

Fine-quality cotton of a kind developed in Egypt

lavender cotton British & World English

Another term for cotton lavender.

absorbent cotton British & World English

North American term for cotton wool.

cotton-leaf worm British & World English

The larva of a migratory tropical moth which feeds on the leaves of the cotton plant and was formerly a major pest in North America

Sea Island cotton British & World English

A fine-quality long-stapled cotton grown on islands off the southern US

silk-cotton tree British & World English

A tree which produces silk cotton

wrap someone in cotton wool British & World English

Be overprotective towards someone

bless your little cotton socks British & World English

Used as an expression of endearment

cotton plant in cotton British & World English

The tropical and subtropical plant which is commercially grown to make cotton fabric and thread. Oil and a protein-rich flour are also obtained from the seeds

cottonmouth British & World English

A large, dangerous semiaquatic pit viper which inhabits lowland swamps and waterways of the south-eastern US. When threatening it opens its mouth wide to display the white interior

Cotton State in cotton state British & World English

informal name for Alabama.

cottontail British & World English

An American rabbit which has a speckled brownish coat and a white underside to the tail

guncotton British & World English

A highly nitrated form of nitrocellulose, used as an explosive

polycotton British & World English

Fabric made from a mixture of cotton and polyester fibre

bollworm British & World English

A moth caterpillar which attacks the cotton boll, in particular:

thistle British & World English

A plant of the thistle type as the Scottish national emblem

cotton lavender in lavender British & World English

Used in names of plants similar to lavender, e.g. cotton lavender, sea lavender

cotton thistle in thistle British & World English

A plant of the thistle type as the Scottish national emblem

bless your little cotton socks in sock British & World English

Used as an expression of endearment


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